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McDonald wins SAC Player of the Year Award, cherishes season

Shane Rich, Staff Writer

For the first time in her time at Wingate as a golfer, Diana McDonald has been awarded the SAC Player of the Year Award for Women’s Golf. McDonald, along with the rest of the women’s golf team, has had much success throughout the course of the year, as they just finished winning the SAC Tournament with a 26 stroke victory over Queens University.

“I have definitely learned a lot this whole year about my golf game and became a more mature player from my freshman year last year. I kicked it off very well last season with our first tournament which I came 2nd and shot 73-68. I think with that starting I was able to take that with my other tournaments” McDonald said.

The SAC Player of the Year also had some comments concerning advice for younger golfers as well as who she has to thank for her success.

McDonald said,“We have two freshman this year and they are very great players. With their ability on the golf course I feel that they can do great things in the future. My best advice for them is to do themselves and just do what they do best!”

“My family has always been there for me from the beginning and always have supported me and sacrificed so much for me. I thank them so much. I would also like to thank my wonderful team for having a great year and for working hard out on the golf course and for always being supportive. Finally, I would like to thank my coach from back home in Canada who has helped me a lot in my golf game.” McDonald said.

McDonald had much to say about what made the SAC Player of the Year award so special, and she also capped everything off by telling what her favorite moment was this year.

“My favorite moment of the year is going to tournaments with the team. But we held our home tournament in South Carolina and everybody on the team went and I had fun with them. Also, some of our supporters came to watch us during the tournament and we got to have dinner at our coach’s parents’ condo one night, and we walked on the beach and played with the younger kids. It was just a great time.” McDonald said.

As they look forward after McDonald’s year for the record books, the women’s golf team hopes to continue their success throughout next season.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

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Wingate Men’s Golf finish season 3rd in SAC Tournament; Women win conference, moving on to NCAA’s

Kyle Brodt, Staff Writer

Both Wingate Golf teams had strong showings this year at the SAC Tournament with the women taking the title and the men finishing third in the competition. The women’s championships, hosted by Newberry at Member’s Club at Woodcreek, was a runaway with the Bulldogs winning by a whopping 26 strokes. They were led by sophomore Mind Puangcharoen, who won the individual title with her 54-hole total of 232, edging out Queens junior Cameryn Smith by just one stroke.

Coach Erin Thorne said the team, “Couldn’t be happier,” for Puangcharoen, who also grabbed her first career collegiate win at the championships. Laura Nunez Rodriguez and Diana McDonald also had strong performances, finishing tied for fourth with each other and giving Wingate three golfers on the All-Tournament first team. The women will travel to Germantown, TN for the NCAA Division II Championships hosted by Christian Brothers University at Germantown Country Club.

The men improved on a disappointing tenth place finish last season, finishing in third and putting three golfers in the Top 15 of the individual rankings. The Bulldogs finished with a total of 891 at Cobb’s Glen Country Club in Anderson, SC, 13 strokes short of champion Carson-Newman, and were unable to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Coach John Hackney, in his first year at the helm, expressed the disappointment that the team felt after the finish, “We were disappointed not to win, obviously, because we knew that’s what we needed to get to the tournament.”

The team was led by fifth place finisher Charles Joubert, who tallied an even-par 216 for the three days and made the All-Tournament First Team. The Bulldogs had a one-shot lead heading into the back nine on Tuesday, but played holes 11-14 at eight over par and could not recover. Coach Hackney believes the team will use this experience and improve coming next season. “We will be even better next year and be ready to make a postseason appearance.”

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Wingate Baseball continues great season with doubleheader split at Anderson

JT Stokes, Staff Writer

The 22nd nationally ranked Bulldogs rolled over the Anderson Trojans in a 13-2 victory in game one of Sunday afternoon’s South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at Anderson University, but the Trojans took game two in a 5-4 victory to claim the three-game SAC series. The Bulldogs are now 30-11 overall and 14-7 in the SAC.

Game One: Wingate 13, Anderson 2

Ty Andrus led off the game with a double, then scored on Mellett’s RBI double. Brown’s RBI single gave the ‘Dogs a 2-0 lead. A walk and Andrus single put two on for Mellett in the second, which gave Wingate a four-run lead with a two-run single backside.

 

Sophomore McCann Mellett had a huge game, going four-for-five with three doubles, five RBIs and two runs scored to push the Wingate offense. Juniors Tyler Schneider and Zach Little both added an RBI and scored two runs, while seniors Brett Branton and Ty Andrus combined for five hits and five runs scored. Senior Bradley Brown went a perfect three-for-three with a homer and three RBIs, while freshman Jed Bryant added a homer and two RBIs.

 

Bradley Brown connected on his 10th home run of the season on a two-run shot to give the Bulldogs a six-run lead in the sixth.

 

Wingate scored seven times in the seventh inning to go up by 13. A lead-off double from Branton and a Zach Little RBI single started the scoring for the Bulldogs. A Mellett two-run double and Schneider RBI double made it 11-0. Bryant hit a two-run homer to end the scoring giving Wingate a 13-run advantage.

 

Right-handed pitcher Austin Turgeon goes to 5-2 on the year with another win. He allowed only three hits and allowed only one run in seven innings, striking out three and walking three.

 

Game 2: Wingate 4, Anderson 5

William Thomas had a big day for the Anderson offense with a double and two RBIs in game two. Dillon Carpenter drove in a run for the Trojans, and Chandler Castleberry and Brandon Odachowski each added a hit and an RBI.

 

For the Bulldogs, junior catcher Micah Goodwin went two-for-three with a homer and two runs scored and Mellett was two-for-four with a double to lead the Bulldogs. Branton and senior outfielder Trent Wynn each added an RBI in game two.

 

Anderson scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to push them past the Bulldogs. Three straight singles loaded the bases, with an Odachowski RBI single getting the Trojans on the board. Thomas tied it with a two-run double, while a Carpenter sacrifice fly and a Castleberry RBI single gave Anderson a 5-3 lead.

 

Christian Hendrix got the win, allowing two runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings, moving to 2-1. Matthew Stanley worked 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save of the year, allowing a hit and striking out three. Junior right-hander Lane Wildman took the loss, falling to 2-2. He allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

 

Leading the NCAA DII in wins, the Bulldog offense has looked very sharp this season, averaging 7.5 runs per game. The team has an on base percentage of .400 and a fielding percentage of .950.

 

With his 45th career home run, slugger Bradley Brown moved into 2nd place all-time in Wingate Baseball career home runs. He is the first Bulldog in school history with 10 or more homeruns in 4 straight seasons. He is also top 10 in SAC history in home runs, RBIs and walks.

 

The offense has also had a huge spark from junior outfielder Tanner Forry with 14 home runs on the season leading the SAC. Senior outfielder Ty Andrus leads the SAC in stolen bases with 19.

 

Wingate is back in action Wednesday, traveling to USC Aiken for a 6 p.m. start.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Bulldogs Men’s Tennis cruise to sweep at Carson-Newman

JT Stokes, Staff Writer

The 24th-ranked Bulldog Men’s Tennis team remain perfect in league play with a resounding 9-0 victory at Carson-Newman University in South Atlantic Conference men’s tennis action Saturday afternoon. The team improves to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

The 11th-ranked Wingate men’s doubles team of Daniel Belsito and Josh DuToit remained great with an 8-1 win at number one doubles. Duncan Addison and freshman Josep Canyadell teamed up for an 8-6 victory at number two doubles. Freshmen Matthew Jones and Enrico Giacomini then teamed up for an 8-3 victory at three doubles giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.

 Belsito notched yet another 6-2, 6-3 win at one singles, while Canyadell added a 7-5, 6-1 victory at two singles. Jones triumphed 6-4, 6-3 at number three singles, and Giacomini won 6-4, 6-2 at number four singles. While Tamir Geva added a 8-4, 8-6 victory at five singles, Duncan Addison also concluded the day with 8-4, 8-6 victory at six singles.

The Wingate Men’s Tennis team are back in action Wednesday, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at 2 p.m.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Wingate Basketball program growing despite tough finish

Shane Rich, Staff Writer

The Wingate Men’s Basketball team looks towards the future as their season came to a close on March 3 in a loss to No. 1 seed Lincoln Memorial by a score of 76-46 in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinal game in Greenville, S.C. Despite their 15-15 record this year, the team has grown and continues to get better every year.

Head Coach Brian Good said, “This team maximized their talents and will be remembered for its great team chemistry. No matter what setback they were hit with, they continued to fight to the end of the season including only having eight available players for the conference tournament.” The team reached the semifinals in the tournament and finished fourth in the SAC.

When asked about what his favorite moment of the season was, Senior forward Devarious Christian said, “I would say my favorite moment was senior night versus Anderson and I got a dunk and once I came down, my grandmother and I were smiling at each other and my family and friends were going crazy.” Coach Good also took note of his favorite moment of the season, saying, “The favorite memory for me will be the way we gutted out our quarterfinal tournament win over Coker. With Zeriq Lolar going down early in that game, we were as shorthanded as we had been all season. Our guys just refused to lose.”

When it comes to advice for the underclassmen looking for more playing time next year, Christian also said, “The competition within the team has to get higher. Don’t hold back, use every ability you have and if you don’t have a certain ability, develop it. Be the best player you possibly can.”

The team had a 20-11 record in the previous season, with many of the teams’ old players graduating. This forced the team into a rebuilding mode this season, as they still fought to put up 15 wins regardless of their circumstances. “I am extremely proud of the 2017-18 Bulldogs.  Coming into the season having lost over 80 percent of our scoring and rebounding from the previous season we knew it would be somewhat of a rebuilding year” Coach Good said.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

 

Wingate Women’s Golf Recap

Philip Harris, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Women’s Golf team has been the model of consistency this season, earning their way to No. 11 in the Golf Stat NCAA Division II rankings. The team came in fourth in the Battle at Old South at UNC-Pembroke, their first tournament of the season; they finished with a score of 598.

The second tournament for the Bulldogs resulted in their best finish of the season when the team took first place in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. The Bulldogs were able to win with 611 points, managing to fight off conference rivals Tusculum and Lenoir-Rhyne. Both of them were one stroke behind.

In the Flagler Fall Slam at Flagler University, the third tournament of the season, the Lady Bulldogs finished third with a score of 592. The team finished second in both the Newberry Invitational and the Barton Invitational; posting scores of 617 and 622, respectively. The Bulldogs finished in third in both the LMU Spring Invitational and the Low Country Invitational; putting up scores of 608 and 624 for both events.

Wingate has gotten solid contributions from sophomore Diana McDonald, who set a program record shooting four-under-par on the second day of the Battle at Old South Tournament. McDonald also earned medals and all-tournament honors in four of the teams tournaments.

The Bulldogs look to continue their consistent season when they compete in the Wingate Challenge at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe, N.C. on March 19.

 

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Wingate dominates Newberry in Women’s Basketball SAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Rachael Robinson, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Women’s Basketball team, ranked #21, (24-4) took an early lead against the Newberry Wolves (16-12) as Danasia Witherspoon scored for the Bulldogs within the first 30 seconds of play.

The Bulldogs would never relinquish their lead, winning 65-42.

At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs found their way to a 17-6 lead against Newberry. By the end of the first half they had increased their lead to 30-17. The third quarter was controlled by Wingate again and their lead grew to 43-25 and In the fourth quarter, Newberry try to mount a comeback, but it was too late.

Wingate’s leading scorer on the season, Marta Miscenko, was locked down by the Wolves’ defense and held to four points during the game. Caroline Averette, Danasia WItherspoon, and Courtney Robinson were there to pick up the slack. Each was able to make it into double digits during the game as Averette lead the scoring  for Wingate with 15 points and Witherspoon lead the Bulldogs in rebounds with 13.

Head Coach Ann Hancock said the game was easy on her. She wasn’t worried about the lead possession by possession.  “I think they came out with a sense of urgency.”

Wingate came into this tournament after winning the last two SAC Championship Tournaments. Both teams were playing for a chance to play in the semifinals on Saturday.

“This is what we’ve worked for all season, to advance and go for the championship.” said Hancock.

Wingate ended the game with a total of 53 rebounds. Coach Hancock said, “It’s something we’ve been talking about.” She referred to the old saying and how her team uses it when describing their games, “O sells tickets, D wins games and Rs win championships.”

The next step toward the championship will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Furman University against Anderson University.

When asked about what the future holds Hancock said, “Anderson will be ready for us, and we’ll be fired up for them.”

Edited by Brendan Shriver